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Dirt by David Vann.. Here's a dark tale of a descent into madness. Vividly written, scorchingly black humored, Vann takes us all the way down, and by the end, Dirt will leave you thrilled and (pleasantly) a little disgusted, as if you had consumed three terrific desserts.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"This experience is prolonged to the very last page, graceful paragraph, stunning word. Then it reverberates. Vann’s book is art, and not to be missed."


"David Van excels at writing about the darkest side of the human heart. . . . Vann fully exhibits the writer’s chops that served him well in his earlier works, and he again plumbs the darker parts of the human psyche. This novel is simultaneously disturbing and haunting."

The Denver Post

Author bio: David Vann's Legend of a Suicide, an international bestseller and winner of the 2010 Prix Medicis in France, the L'Express readers' prize in France, the Grace Paley Prize, and a California Book Award, has been on 29 "Best Books of the Year" lists in the US, UK, Ireland, Spain, France, and Australia, including The Times Literary Supplement and The New York Times. Vann was also shortlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award and longlisted for the Story Prize. His new novel, Caribou Island, set in his native Alaska, will be out January 18, 2011 from HarperCollins, and he has a nonfiction book about a school shooting coming out Sept 2011 (titled Last Day On Earth). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (272 pp. Haunterrific: Kindle/Print editions)

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